Leitner Political Economy Seminar
Room 203 Luce Hall
Mondays 12:00-1:30pm

The 2011-2012 Leitner Political Economy Seminar is directed by Ken Scheve.

Fall 2011

September 12
Gilat Levy, London School of Economics
“Rituals or Good Works: Self and Social Signalling in Religious Organizations”

September 19
Avinash Dixit, Princeton University
“Governance and Foreign Direct Investment”

September 26
Emanuel Ornelas, London School of Economics
“Free Trade Agreements and the Consolidation of Democracies”

October 3
Doug Irwin, Dartmouth University
“Did France Cause the Great Depression?”

October 10
Yotam Margalit, Columbia University
“Ideology All the Way Down? The Impact of the Great Recession on Partisans’ Welfare Policy Preferences”
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October 17
Alberto Alesina, Harvard University
“Family Values and the Regulation of Labor”
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October 24
Juan Rebolledo, Yale University
“Black Sheep of the Family: A Model of Subnational Authoritarian Endurance in National Democracies”

October 31
Torsten Persson, Institute for International Economic Studies
“Political Turnover and Institutional Reform”
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November 7
Edwin Camp, Yale University
“Making the Mare Go: The Internal Organization and Electoral Success of Political Machines”
Reading #1: Modeling Targeted Distribution with Multi-Actor Parties (Chap. 2)
Reading #2: The Political Machine as an Organization (excerpt)

November 14
Scott Gehlbach, University of Wisconsin, Madison
“Imperfect Institutional Change”
Co-authored with Evgeny Finkel, Yale University, and Tricia Olsen, University of Wisconsin, Madison

November 28
Christina Schneider, University of California, San Diego
“(Unintended) Electoral Effects of Multilateral Aid Projects”
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December 5
Nolan McCarty, Princeton University
“Polarization in American State Legislatures”
The Ideological Mapping of American Legislatures (background information)
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Spring 2012

January 23
Pablo Querubin, Harvard University
“Political Reform and Elite Persistence: Term Limits and Political Dynasties in the Philippines”
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January 30
Michael Callen, University of California, San Diego
“Institutional Corruption and Election Fraud: Evidence from a Field Experiment in Afghanistan”
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February 6
Suresh Naidu, Columbia University
“Schooling, Suffrage, and Sorting in the Post-Bellum U.S. South”

February 13
Allison Sovey, Yale University

February 20
James Hollyer, Yale University
“Transparency and Democratization”

February 27
Marco Battaglini, Princeton University
“Legislative Bargaining and the Dynamics of Public Investment”

March 19
Claire Lim, Cornell University
“Elections and Government Accountability: Evidence from the U.S. State Courts”
Co-authored with James Snyder, Harvard
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March 26
Dustin Tingley, Harvard University
“Conditional Cooperation and Climate Change”
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April 2
Danny Hidalgo, MIT
“Voter Buying: Shaping the Electorate through Clientelism”
Co-authored with Simeon Nichter, Harvard Academy/UCSD
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April 9
There is no seminar this week.

April 16
Miriam A. Golden, University of California, Los Angeles
“Theft and Loss of Electricity in an Indian State”
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April 23
Quintin Beazer, Yale University

April 30
Judy Goldstein, Stanford University
“America and Trade Liberalization: A Revisionist Account”

May 14
Beth Simmons, Harvard University
“The Global Diffusion of Law: Transnational Crime and the Case of Human Trafficking”
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